atg UV Technology, market leaders in the Ultraviolet disinfection industry for a range of applications have recently met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown to discuss a range of programmes that will support British companies who seek to sustain jobs in the downturn by exporting to foreign markets.
Meeting with a select group of business exporters in the North West, the Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Davies discussed the Government's ‘Gateway to Global Growth' initiative, a package of support that will provide specialist and tailored financial and legal advice to support international growth during the recession.
atg UV Technology, past winners of the Passport to Export Award 2007, who represented the water treatment industry during the discussions found that whilst the credit crunch has hit a range of industries worldwide such as car manufacturing and retail, in comparison companies within the water treatment industry can remain relatively insulated by focusing their efforts on exports as well as their domestic business. Additionally strengthening commitments to product development will also attract investment from new markets such as ballast water treatment and drinking water disinfection.
During the discussions, delegates were invited to comment on their personal experience of the economic downturn, and whilst the majority of cases signalled troubled times ahead, atg UV Technology remained positive for both the future of the Ultraviolet industry, and the water industry as a whole.
atg UV director Chris Purslow reported on how the vast opportunities available in the water treatment industry have allowed atg UV to stay optimistic and remain on track to achieve growth. As a concequence atg UV have even begun work on building a new fully equipped manufacturing facility to accommodate for the predicted growth of water industry and the opportunities that will bring in the future.
'The vast opportunities available in the water treatment industry have allowed atg UV to stay optimistic and remain on track to achieve growth'
Chris Purslow comments: 'Exporters such as ourselves have remained much more resilient during the recession. By taking advantage of the weak pound we have been able to increase our export share in countries such as Australia and South Africa, and emerge into new areas such as Turkey and Malaysia. Whist the recession has obviously had an effect on us, we do feel privileged to be part of such a healthy and progressive industry'.
With exciting research and development projects for key advancements in Ultraviolet system technology planned for 2009/2010, including IMO approval for their advanced UV ballast water treatment system, atg UV remain committed to maintaining the high standards expected from a world leader despite the economic downturn.